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Actress Alice Drummond died from a fall at the spry age of  88.

Her last words were “I’ve fallen and I can’t-”     Nope.  Nope.  Can’t do it.  Too easy.

Drummond will always be remembered as the librarian who was frightened by a full torso apparition who liked to wreak havoc on card catalogs, douse the place with ectoplasmic residue and practiced symmetrical book stacking, just like the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947 (because no human being would stack books like that) in “Ghostbusters.”

After her role in “Ghostbusters,” Drummond was able to snag great roles in “Night Court,” “The Equalizer” and “Kate & Allie.”

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Her uncle though that he was Saint Jerome

 

She also appeared in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.”  But that movie sucked, so we won’t mention that.

She and her husband, Mr. Drummond, adopted two poor black kids in the 80s, a move that was controversial enough to merit it’s own TV show.

The youngest was a precocious lad with catchphrases like, “What choo talkin’ ‘bout?” who usually outshined his older brother.  Their biological daughter really went downhill, holding up a video store for $164, forging prescriptions and eventually O.D.ing in a Winnebago.  

Either way, their housekeeper ended up with a spin-off.  So, you take the good, you take the bad…

Her most recent feature film was the 2010 comedy “Furry Vengeance,” which starred Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields.  Remember when that one took the world by storm?  Yeah, me neither.

This hit goes to: ME!  Yes, I am on the board with a whopping 20 points!  More importantly, I’m beating Bean!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Wes: 50 – (Holly Dunn – 50)

Josh: 30 – (Florence Henderson – 20, Grant Tinker – 10)

Lee Kwang Soo!: – 20 (Alice Drummond – 20)

Gianna: 20 – (Leonard Cohen – 20)

Jami: 10 – (Fidel Castro – 10)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 10 – (Ralph Branca – 10)

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Singer and ex-friend of Arthur Godfrey, Julius La Rosa, died at the spry age of 86.

La Rosa had a number one hit in 1953 (that’s 31 years pre-“Ghostbusters”) with the Italian language song “Eh Cumpari.”   

I’m sorry, I meant the Sicilian language song… you don’t want to confuse that shit.  It’ll piss everyone off.

The song is basically:

“Hey buddy, music is playing. What is playing? The whistle.  And what does it sound like—the whistle? [make whistling sound] the whistle, tipiti tipiti tam.”

Repeat for saxophone, mandolin, violin, trumpet and trombone.

It was the “Stairway to Heaven” of the 50s.  …but in Italian.

I mean Sicilian.

Crap.

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The La Rosa triplets.  Guess which one is Julius.

La Rosa was a regular on both the morning Arthur Godfrey Time (broadcast on both the CBS radio and television networks) and the Wednesday night variety show Arthur Godfrey and His Friends.  That is, until Godfrey fired his ass.

On the air.

I know what you’re thinking?  “He fired his ass?  While on the air?  Clearly that is some career-ending shit!”  And it kinda was.  For Godfrey.

What happened was that, unbeknownst to the general public, Arthur Godfrey was a dick.  He insisted that everyone who works on his shows a) took mandatory dance lessons and b) could not be represented by an agent.  It was also speculated that he was angry because La Rosa got more fan-mail than he did.

That 1st one seems pretty reasonable: take dance lessons to be on a variety show.  I get that.  But La Rosa had a family emergency and he had to miss a few classes.  Plus, La Rosa was no chump, he hired an agent.

It was October 19, 1953.  The country was deep in a depression because the Yankees had just beat the Dodgers in the world series.  Ore-Ida was about to shake up the culinary world with their newest innovation: Tater-Tots.  The film “Stalag 17” taught us all to laugh about Nazi concentration camps.  And Julius La Rosa went onto Godfrey’s morning radio show to sing the song “Manhattan.”  

When he finished, Godfrey took to the mic and said, “that was Julie’s swan song with us.  He goes now, out on his own — as his own star — soon to be seen on his own programs, and I know you’ll wish him godspeed as much as I do”. Godfrey then signed off for the day saying, “This is the CBS Radio Network”.

Once La Rosa, who knew nothing about this, found out what “Swan Song” meant, he got pretty pissed.  [Really, someone had to explain it to him.]

While La Rosa’s popularity continued to thrive, the move changed the way that the public say Godfrey and lead to his eventual decline.  

HA!  Take that!  Earning less and less each year until you are only incredibly well off instead of fabulously well off!  Jerk!

This hit goes to: Joanne!  She is up to 90 points: one hit away from triple digits!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Jami: 170 – (Scott Weiland  – 60, Pat Harrington, Jr. – 20, Umberto Eco – 20, Rob Ford – 60, Erik Bauersfeld – 10)

Lee Kwang-Soo (Giraffe): 100 – (Daniel Fleetwood – 70, Abe Vigoda – 10, Nancy Fucking Reagan! – 10!, George Martin – 10)

Occupy the Casket: 100 – (Natalie Cole – 40, Vanity – 50, Boutros Boutros-Ghali – 10)

Joanne: 90 (Joey Feek – 60, Joe Garagiola – 10, Julius La Rosa – 20)

The Girl on Fire: 80 (Wayne Rogers – 20, René Angélil – 30, George Gaynes – 10, James Noble – 10, Doris Roberts – 10)

Team Sushi: 60 (Chyna, aka Joanie Laurer – 60)

Age of Aquarius: 60 (William Guest – 30, Merle Haggard – 30)

Harmony: 60 (Harper Lee – 20, George Kennedy – 10, Frank Sinatra, Jr. – 30)

Mortician’s Daughter: 50 – (Justice Antonin Scalia – 30, Bud Collins)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 50 (Dolph Schayes – 20, Meadowlark Lemon – 20, Monte Irvin – 10)

Mostly Mike: 20 (Marvin Minsky – 20)

Gianna: 20 (Robert Stigwood – 20)

Long-time talk show host and man credited with creating the modern late night talk show, Joe Franklin, died at the spry age of 88.

Franklin started his talk show in 1950.  He was a fixture on late-night radio and TV in New York, working at WJZ and WOR, and recently at the Bloomberg Radio Network.  Wait… recently?  He was still working?!?

I used to hold Franklin over every year… until I realized that I was in a room full of people who did not know who Joe Franklin was, nor did they care.  So, I started drafting him around round 15 or 20.

No longer will fellow draftees have to hear the story about me shaking his cold-dead hand.

Franklin shown in his office on a special episode of "Hoarders" that aired 15 years after Franklin's actual death.

Franklin shown in his office on a special episode of “Hoarders” that aired 15 years after Franklin’s actual death.

That being said: I met Joe Franklin at a Senior Citizen trade show in Atlantic City in 2000.  He was being lead around by a handler because the man was a shuffling corpse.  I shook his hand and it, literally, was a weak, cold, dead hand that I touched.  I swore that the man was decomposing there on the spot.  I half expected flesh to come sliding off as I took my hand away.

“The last two weeks were the first time he ever missed a broadcast in over 60 years” friend and former producer Steve Garrin said in a statement.  The last two weeks?  How is this physically possible?!?

Franklin is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Longest Running Continuous On-Air TV Talk Show Host, more than a decade longer than Johnny Carson’s legendary run.  Everyone around New York knew who this guy was.  They even did a SNL skit in him (which was great).  He was a New York legend.

“Joe went unexpectedly and passed away Saturday night,” Garrin said.  “Unexpectedly?”  Are you fucking kidding me??!?!  Joe Franklin died in the 90s and you are just realizing it now!

If you said” Joe passed away Saturday night.  He was unexpectedly 88,” THAT I can believe!

I can’t believe that he was only 88 years old!  That’s fucking crazy!  As a teenager Franklin followed Al Jolson around.  Al-fucking-JOLSON!  Come on!  And he was only 88?  Now that shit is what one might call unexpected.

According to his website, he interviewed over 300,000 people.  But even more impressive was his cameo in “Ghostbusters.”  God, that movie is great.

This hit brings me up to 30 points!  Still far from Jami’s 70, but within striking distance of Bean!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Jami: 70 – (Diem Brown)

Nikki: 60 – (Stuart Scott – 60)

Tailgating with Jesus: 40 – (Jean Béliveau – 20, Ernie Banks – 20)

Fearless Ghoul Pool Administrator: 30 – (King Abdullah – 10, Joe Franklin – 20)

Anne: 30 – (Joe Cocker – 30)

Team Sushi: 30 – (Marion Barry – 30)

Mostly Mike: 20 – (Ralph H Baer – 10, Edward W. Brooke III – 10)

The Girl on Fire: 20 – (Mario Cuomo – 20)

I-Steve (a.k.a: The Arch-Bishop!): 20 – (Fiorenzo Angelini – 10, Jorge María Mejía – 10)

The Mortician’s Daughter:  10 – (“Little” Jimmy Dickens – 10)